Two troubled souls meet in a bar in this exciting site-specific play on stage in Toronto
Two seemingly mismatched but deeply troubled souls meet at bar, and events spiral clumsily and rapidly from there in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. The two-hander site specific show takes place in a local bar. Having just completed their run at the Imperial Pub on Dundas, Wolf Manor Theatre Collective will continue their run at the ROUND Venue beginning January 19-22, 2017.
Right from the start, the show is abrasive and uncomfortable. It is vulgar, raw and gritty, but all of these aspects forces the audience to sit and take notice. As the story progresses in this dark and dingy bar, the characters blossom, their relationship gels, and you can’t help but feel for them. Watching this performance is not easy and there are many themes present that may be triggering and will likely stir up uneasy emotions–at first I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy myself, but I found myself enthralled in the end.
Eric Gutman, the creator and star of From Broadway to Obscurity, has a tremendous gift for impressions, especially musical impressions. There’s a while in the middle of his performance where he talks about his time working on Forbidden Broadway. Gutman sings a lively, story-studded medley of Gerald Allesandrini’s best-known and most pointed songs, and this 20 minutes of the performance is totally delightful. The rest of it, to be honest, I could have taken or left (and would have mostly preferred to leave).
Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of January 16th
We’ve got some exciting themes happening in our listings this week. From love, sex, math, to feminism, misogyny, and of course a bloody musical, there are so many unique shows to choose from! To help you out, our editor Samantha is here to highlight a fews shows that caught her eye in red text. Check them out below the cut:
Sequence, at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, explores concepts including science and faith
In Sequence, onstage at Tarragon Theatre, two separate narratives play out in the same space, at the same time, exploring the same themes: science and faith, luck, coincidence and probability. A mathematician confronts a man famous for a twenty year streak of winning Super Bowl bets on the flip of a coin; a fundamentalist Christian confronts a stem cell geneticist working on a cure for her own degenerative disease. The stories never intersect, but they have unlikely — one might say improbable — details in common. Continue reading Review: Sequence (Tarragon Theatre)→
Shows That Caught Our Eye in Toronto the Week of January 9th
As the Next Stage Theatre is well underway, we highlight some of their offerings, as well as some classics, satire, kid-friendly shows, and much more! To help you choose from our extensive listing this week, our publisher Megan is here to highlight a fews shows that caught her eye in red text. Check them out below the cut:
Infinity is “memorable, compelling drama” on the Tarragon stage in Toronto
Tarragon Theatre and Volcano Theatre’s co-production of Infinity is a stirring philosophical drama that stays mostly grounded in the humanity of its characters — a play about the messiness of careers, relationships, and the troublesome notion of passion. I had high expectations of playwright Hannah Moscovitch, and I’m happy to say that Infinity did not disappoint.
Infinity offers an ambitious mixture of philosophy, physics, and music. For me, a particular highlight of the production was the beautiful series of performances by violinist Andréa Tyniec, who haunts the background of this play through the semitransparent back wall of the set.